Is there any better story in the Major Leagues at the moment than the Toronto Blue Jays? They’re leading the AL-East (of course, it is only the second week of the season), Vernon Wells has tapped into the fountain of statistical youth and the Jays are getting great pitching.
And not just from Kevin Gregg as their 0.00 ERA closer.
A night after C.C. Sabathia flirted with a potential no-hitter, Ricky Romero pitched within six outs of the same feat. He held his no-hitter through seven innings before giving up his only hit of the game – a two-run homer to Alex Rios. Romero also notched a career-high 12 strikeouts. So far this young season, Romero has a 1.80 ERA and 0.67 ERA. He should be owned in all formats at this point.
Multi-positional utility dude Ty Wigginton went yard. Twice. He finished 2-for-5 with two homers and three RBI against the Tampa Bay Rays in a losing effort. In deep leagues, it is hard not to like Wigginton as a season-long bandaid … a guy to throw in for a veteran who is suffering from a minor injury or two.
Andy Pettitte helped the Yankees celebrate their home opener in style, pitching six innings of scoreless baseball while notching six strikeouts against the Los Angeles Angels.
A preseason chinstrapninja darling, Brett Anderson has lived up to our lofty expectations so far … and then some. He notched six innings of shutout baseball Tuesday, striking out six and walking just two in a disappointingly losing effort. Anderson has yet to allow a run this season … playing both his games so far against the Mariners.
Keeping with the pitchers, did anyone see Greg Smith’s eight-strikeout, two-earned-run performance in seven innings of work against the Mets? Smith went on to earn the win, his first since 2008. He’s worth a roster spot in deep leagues simply due to the fact that the Rockies continue to get the most of their players lately.
Some may scoff that I’m including a guy who allowed four earned runs in 7.1 innings pitched, but the eight strikeouts were hard to overlook for rookie pitcher Brian Matusz. Some consider him a favorite for AL Rookie of the Year. For now, he’s worth owning in all fantasy formats.
Mariano Rivera, Francisco Cordero, David Aardsma, Kevin Gregg and Jose Valverde each picked up saves while not allowing a run Tuesday. For what its worth.
After missing three games with a sprained ankle, Andre Ethier returned with a vengeance Tuesday … going 2-for-3 with a three-run home run. He can definitely provide power numbers, but can be fairly inconsistent at times, too
Batting from the No. 2 spot, Nick Johnson doubled, homered and walked twice for the Yankees on Tuesday. He’s a nice waiver wire, fantasy bench player considering his power potential and the lineup around him.
Jose Guillen is nothing if not a streaky fantasy option. He’s currently on the plus side of that streakiness, hitting his fourth homer in three games for the Royals. The club promoted him to cleanup in the lineup … at the fantasy expense of Rick Ankiel.
Did I miss your favorite player from Tuesday’s games? Let me know in the comments below.